WELCOME TO TWIN PEAKS TRAVEL GUIDE PART II   WELCOME TO TWIN PEAKS TRAVEL GUIDE PART II
 

SEVERAL weeks ago I brought you Part I of the Welcome To Twin Peaks Travel Guide, which also happened to be our first ever Reader’s Choice feature.  So if you are digging this mini-Twin Peak-athon (there’s one more in this three part series) make sure to swing by Facebook and tell Ava thank you, because this is all her doing.  Excellent choice, Ava!

If you want the chance to have your article idea featured then make sure to follow me on Facebook so you can make your voice heard the next time I announce an upcoming Reader’s Choice (I’m seriously loving this.  I hope you guys will join in the fun).  Okay.  Enough of the formalities. Let’s get to why we’re all really here – our deep, abiding and, in all probability, unnatural love for Twin Peaks.  To quote Man From Another Place

 

LET’S ROCK!

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THE TWIN PEAKS WELCOME SIGN

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How could you possibly call yourself a fan if you go through all the trouble of visiting a dozen Twin Peaks destinations but don’t visit the location of the Welcome to Twin Peaks sign used in the opening credits?  This iconic spot is located in Snoqualmie, Washington, at (approximately) 41469 SE Reinig Road.  Granted, no sign stands there, but that’s okay.  If you’re crushed that no sign has been erected to mark the sacred spot you could always make & bring your own or, through the magic of computers, you could edit the sign into your own photo when you get home.

 
 
 

THE ROADHOUSE

WELCOME TO TWIN PEAKS TRAVEL GUIDE PART IIThe Roadhouse’s exterior is the Fall City Roadhouse & Inn (formerly The Colonial Inn) in…you guessed it…Fall City, Washington.  If the front façade looks completely unfamiliar then you’re right.  They actually used the side of the building for filming…and when you compare the two exteriors, the reason for the choice is clear.  The real façade just doesn’t feel right…it just wouldn’t work for the series.

 

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But let’s be honest, when we think of The Roadhouse what we really want is the interior complete with Julee Cruise crooning her melancholy medleys from the stage as we have a whiskey (because that’s what you drink when you listen to Julee Cruise sing “The World Spins”) and are whispered ominous warnings from The Log Lady…and for that you have to head over to the Raisbeck Performance Hall (formerly Timberline Spirits) which is now owned by the Cornish College of The Arts in Seattle.

 

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All the interior shots for the pilot were filmed here.  Thanks to a restoration you can still go visit and enjoy a performance while you’re there, but don’t expect a whiskey.  Luckily, visitors report that the hall still has a very Twin Peaks vibe to it, so go enjoy a show (and just sneak in your flask *wink*).

 

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BIG ED’S GAS FARM

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We all know Ed Hurley as the uncle to James Hurley, Laura’s secret love interest, and husband to Nadine, the wacked out, freakishly strong, eye patch wearing ginger obsessed with inventing the first 100% quiet drape runners.  Ed was also a member of the local secret society known as The Bookhouse Boys.  Big Ed’s Gas Farm was his business.

I’ve found some conflicting information about the exact address of Big Ed’s Gas Farm, but Google Maps has assured me that it is, in fact, located at 8606 Preston-Fall City Rd SE, Preston, Washington, and is now Indoor Garden & Lighting.  This is the location used in the pilot.  There is a second Big Ed’s Gas Farm located in California that was used for the rest of the series…but let’s be honest, all the Washington locations are just flat out cooler than the California locations and that’s why I’m sticking with good ol’ Washington State.

**  An added bonus:  Ed and Nadine’s house, which is conveniently located right by his gas station in the series, is located right by it in real life as well.  I’ve read that it’s clearly visible from the front of the “Gas Farm.”  You can’t miss it.  Since it is a private residence you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone online offering up the exact address purely out of respect for the privacy of those who live there, but you can still take a gander at it.  Two birds, one stone.  **

 
 
 

HORNE’S DEPARTMENT STORE

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Where, oh where, would One Eyed Jack’s be without the perfume counter at Horne’s Department Store?  The exterior of Horne’s is  located downtown at 240 2nd Ave S, Seattle, Washington.  From what I can gather through numerous searches it is currently available for lease.  It has clearly had a bit of a face lift but much of the original façade remains the same.  Hoping to have a Horne’s shopping experience?  Sorry to say but the interior shots were filmed on a sound stage in Los Angeles.

 
 
 

THE BOOKHOUSE

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The Bookhouse, home to the aforementioned secret society known as The Bookhouse Boys, is conveniently located just behind the Fall City Roadhouse (which you can see in the background of the second image) in Fall City, Washington.  So when you visit The Roadhouse just pop around to the side of the building and there you are!  Another two for one location.

 

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Obviously this location was used for the exterior shots only.  Since the building isn’t a TARDIS there’s simply no way you can fit the interior Bookhouse inside the Bookhouse exterior.  Many interior shots were filmed (with the aid of many shelves and books which were added to the location) in California at The Old Place, a restaurant and bar.

 
 
 

LAURA’S LOG (WRAPPED IN PLASTIC)

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Who can forget when Laura Palmer’s body was discovered wrapped in plastic by the sweet and beloved Pete Martell…the crucial scene that establishes the purpose behind the entire series.  The giant log that marks the scene of the tragic discovery is located at the Kiana Lodge (which also serves as the Martell home as well as the interior of the Great Northern) in Poulsbo, Washington.  They even have a plaque there commemorating the famous scene.

 
 
 

THE BIRD BRANCH (OPENING CREDITS) – FOR THE TRULY HARDCORE

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Tremendously huge kudos to the hardcore fan that actually tracked down the exact branch with the exact view of the bird on the branch from the opening credits.  How the hell do you even manage that?  I mean seriously!  How?  Remote viewing?  Dowsing?  Consulting the Oracle of Delphi?  A lost quatrain penned by Nostradamus?  How?  That’s insane!  But whatever magic and supreme obsession led to this discovery, we get to the reap the benefits.  Aren’t we the lucky ones?

(And if you’re curious you can read the actual account of how this super-fan tracked down the tree branch here.)

 
 
 

SO WHERE THE HELL IS IT?

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It’s actually about 30 yards behind Laura’s Log.  According to the super-fan who tracked it down it’s “the first tree hanging over the beach near the gazebo.”  BA-BAM!  There you have it.  Possibly the most obscure travel destination in the history of the world – a single tree branch as viewed from a very particular angle.  Now that’s dedication.

 
 
 

THE BLACK LODGE

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High on the creepy scale and definitely one for the books should you manage to visit, the Black Lodge, another dimension with its odd speaking doppelgangers, red curtains and seizure inducing flooring is certainly the most elusive of locations to visit.  The doorway to this other dimension is hidden in an area known as Glastonbury Grove.

 

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Its appearance is innocuous enough – a small clearing marked by an unusual pool of a black liquid with a foul odor and was originally surrounded by twelve small sycamore trees.  Recent visits indicate that the trees are gone and the black liquid has vanished, but then these reports are given during daytime visits.  Who knows what you may find there at night.

 

CURIOSITY KILLING THE CAT?

 

Satisfy your inner kitten by following this map to the location.  I only hope that if you’re successful in reaching the Black Lodge that satisfaction will bring you back, kitty cat, with all your garmonbozia in tact…where would we all be without it…?…it is, after all, so often how we learn out greatest lessons.

Should you actually dare to visit the Black Lodge and manage to return in tact, please do fill us all in on your experiences.  I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say we wait on tenterhooks to hear about what you encountered on the other side.

Well boys and girls, this concludes our virtual romp through Twin Peaks, but don’t be glum, chum.  There’s still one more part in this three part series, so make sure to tune in next week as I serve up one last plate of delicious cherry pie and a damn fine cup of coffee.

 
 

Owl Pecked Kisses & Log Lady Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 

PS – I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for being so understanding and wonderfully supportive of my time away from Kisses & Chaos to take care of my precious furbaby, Mischa.  Your well wishes and patience mean the world to both of us.  We’re finally falling into a groove with all his medications and I’m hoping to return here full time in no time at all.  Thank you, again, for everything.  I love your guts.  Hugs from me and Mischa to each and every one of you (unless you aren’t the hugging type, in which case you get a high five (I’m looking at you, Lemons. *wink*) instead).  *Squeeze!*

 
 

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MUSIC FOR MAGICAL SUMMER NIGHTS
 

FALL is fast approaching.  The end of summer is upon us so with that in mind I thought this the perfect time to make a mix tape (okay, not really a mix tape, but I’m old school and stuck in my ways)…a mix tape for those last magical summer nights.

 

SOUNDTRACKS FOR LIFE:

MUSIC FOR MAGICAL SUMMER NIGHTS

MUSIC FOR MAGICAL SUMMER NIGHTS
 

You’re outside on your back.  The sky is clear. The stars are out.  You can see the Milky Way…so much of it and you are struck by its beauty.  There is no noise other than the chirps of crickets and the deep barrup of the bullfrogs.  Fireflies twinkle and dance in the trees.  There’s a soft breeze.  You gently stretch and you feel the earth stretch with you.  Everything is beautiful and everything is love.

A hippie moment?  Oh yeah, totally. (My friends used to joke that I wasn’t a punk, just a really pissed off hippie. Ha!)  But it’s also a blissful moment.

Whether you’re alone or snuggled up in a hammock with someone who makes your heart sing and do funny things, it’s one of those evenings that you will always remember and will always fill you with warmth.  This is the music for that night.

 

MUSIC FOR MAGICAL SUMMER NIGHTS
 

Haven’t had that beautiful summer night yet?  Well autumn is almost upon us so there is no time like the present.  Get away from the light, from the noise and enjoy at least one more beautiful night of summer.  Get out there and embrace its beauty and calm; let it soak into your skin, soak into your heart, soak into your soul and fill you with all its magical and delicious and wonderful and warm gloriousness.  Soak it in.  Fall will be here soon enough.

 
 

music for magical summer nights

Last of The Magical Summer Nights

 
 

Beautiful Kisses & Glorious Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 

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AN UPDATE ON MISCHA

 

A COUPLE of weeks ago I told you about Mischa’s change in health.  For those of you who missed the announcement, my beloved little furbaby was acting out of sorts and had lost weight so we went to the doctor.  His hyperthyroidism was under control but unfortunately his kidneys weren’t functioning properly and his white blood cells were virtually non-existent.  Naturally we’ve been trying to treat/manage his change in health and I’m focusing the majority of my time on his well-being…and you have been amazing sending so much love, light and care to him. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  That being said I just wanted to take a moment and update you on how things are going.

 

AN UPDATE ON MISCHA – ALL HANDS ON DECK

AN UPDATE ON MISCHA

 

His treatment  consists of a MAJOR increase in fluids, with which he’s been very compliant (as long as I bring him fresh water a few times each day.  Turns out he has a tiny little bit of a diva in him…who knew?!?!), 2cc’s of liquid vitamins per day to boost his iron (he was borderline anemic – which honestly makes me nervous in conjunction with his white blood cell numbers…it seems a lot like the big C, but I’m not going to subject him to a battery of painful tests at his age.  It would be more cruel than kind and selfish of me), two huge doses of subq fluids, another supplement to improve kidney function and a very small dose of Pepcid twice a day to treat his acid reflux (which I had suspected was an issue with him…his stomach was growling a LOT and his breath had started getting bad almost over night – as it turns out reflux in felines is often an indication of the onset of kidney issues).

Mischa went in for follow up tests and more subq fluids after his first several days of treatment.  He had put on some weight (hooray!) and his white blood cells went up very slightly (normal is around 12 and his were originally 2.8 and went up to 3.0 at his follow up.  Not a huge increase but any increase is good and we’re thankful for it).  His kidneys showed no change but they hadn’t declined either.

Since his appetite had increased and, though still tired, he was more alert and engaged it is, despite the labs, considered a clinical improvement.  As long as he’s eating, drinking water, not vomiting (excluding hairballs, of course) and using the bathroom normally, those factors when combined with his most recent labs means he is considered stable.

Stable!  It’s not a decline so we’ll take it and love it but we are still keeping in our minds that we want his health to improve over time, despite what modern medicine says.

 

SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MISCHA AND KISSES & CHAOS?

AN UPDATE ON MISCHA

 

For Kisses & Chaos (as well as my other ventures – Alli Woods Frederick Photography, Fizzy Pop Vintage, etc) it means a slowing down.  Yes, I will still be here and working on all my other projects just not full throttle and giving it 1000%.  This means fewer posts and fewer projects, but I promise I will do my best to keep it all balanced.  I hope you all understand and will bear with me.  I’m doing my best.

For my Mischa it means more TLC and special care and attention.  He needs all the love, care and affection he can get in order to maintain his current health and hopefully turn it around.  He is pretty much getting everything he wants, no questions asked and without complaint and that will continue.  If a little babying helps him feel better then a little babying it is.

Your prayers, well wishes, positive/healing vibes, rituals or whatever else you may practice or believe in are greatly appreciated.  We honestly believe it helps both physically and emotionally (and yes I mean his emotions, not mine…though mine benefit indirectly) so if you are so inclined please know we value every bit of it and are so very, very thankful.

 

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I will continue to keep you updated on my little man as his situation improves (look at me being uncharacteristically optimistic).  Thank you again for your understanding and patience during this difficult time and know that you are loved and appreciated.

 
 

Kitty Kisses & Cuddly Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick (& Mischa)

 
 

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Find A Remedy

 

FIND A REMEDY

IT’S easy for us to point our fingers and blame everyone and everything in the world around us for the problems we encounter.  It’s harder for us to look inward, pause and find the quiet strength to move forward and find solutions.

 

Find A Remedy

 

 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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Okay gals.  I know for a fact that you love Lulu*s.  I know this because I’m one of their affiliates (hence their ad that is always hanging out in the sidebar over there on the right) and it is, hands down, one of my most popular affiliates.  And I don’t blame you guys.  I get it.  I freakin’ love ‘em too.  (Just ask my grumpy checkbook and my closet full of shoes.)

If there’s one thing we love about shopping it’s when one of our favorite stores has a killer sale…and Lulu*s is having a killer sale right now.

 

GOODBYE MONEY.  HELLO SHOES.

*GRIN*

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They have some amazing deals this Labor Day Weekend (*ahem* 40% off sale items *ahem*) – including up to $35 off site wide! (Say whaaaaat???)  I don’t know about you, but I’m all over this.  I’m in need of some new big black shoes (yes, that is possible when you have a closet full of the damn things).

 

You can pop over there with me and shop this great deal here.  Just keep in mind this is a Labor day sale so all the saving-money-goodness ends at midnight tonight, August 31st.  I’m hightailing it right now to try and scratch that shoe itch that’s been driving me crazy(er…crazier).  Happy hunting my fellow fashion and bargain hounds and may the shopping odds be forever in your favor. *insert Hunger Games whistle here*

 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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